Two Blue Peonies, Art by Roya Azal

The Peonie: Queen of Islamic Floral Art

“During the night the Peonie spends medicine and healing, during the day the beautiful “Rose with no thorns” is protected by a jealous bird.”

The Peonie (Paeonia officinalis) is known in phytology lore as “Fuga Demonica” – a repellent against bad energies and demons. It is a medical rose that came back to medieval Europe via the Islamic world from China (who imported it – via Arab, Persian and Syrian traders – originally from ancient Greece). The Peonie is a very stately flowering bush with large, lush dark pink, purple and rose tinted blooms. She is a wonderful floral gift for women.Continue reading

Sacred Tree in Light

Spiritual Signatures in Illness and Remedies to Counter Them

“Typhus has a part in Spanish history. The old Spanish name for it was Tarbardoillo, from the word for a red cloak, inspired by the crimson red rash which is one of the symptoms of epedemic typhus fever (…)”~ Spanish Mountain Life, Juliette de Bairacli Levy

The disease was brought to Spain as long ago as the 13th century, by soldiers returning from Cyprus. At the siege of Granada later in the 15th century, typhus was an important factor in aiding Spanish victory, as the fever became epedemic amongst the Moorish defenders and slew more of them then any other weapon of war.” ~ Spanish Mountain Life, Juliette de Bairacli Levy

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Planet with Flower

The Magical Powers of Arabic Letters

“(Islam) profoundly implies there is always more than meets the eye.” Amira El-Zein

Besides reading and reciting the Quran it is common practise in Islam to recite and write down the most beautiful names of God to be protected from wickedness and evil, including wicked Jinn. It also is a common belief that the drawing and repetation of the Ism allah al-a’azam (The Greatest Name of God) protects a person against misfortune and from the evil eye.

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Dragon-Fly at the Lake

Tumeric Power-Drink Recipe for Mental and Physical De-Toxing

“Poisoning of the liver can make itself known through depression and dark moods, bad skin, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, yellowish skin-tone and yellowish discolored eyes.”

This recipe is highly detoxing and works in the gall-bladder and liver, our metabolic centers. Poisonings of the liver can happen through prolonged bad diets, high stress, viruses, flues, certain medications (in particular psychiatric medications), bacteria and drug abuse.

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Tree as Sacred Building

An Alchemical Marriage of Health and Spirit: Salt

“Consume a small amount of salt before your meal”. ~ Prophet Muhammed (a.s)

The Prophet Muhammed (a.s) recommended to consume a small amount of salt before the actual meal. It seems to contradict modern medical wisdom, which stresses the harmful effects of excess salt consumption. However, a knowledge of the metabolism of the body illustrates the wisdom of this suggestion as well. Natural (not industrial) salt is composed of two key chemicals: sodium and chloride. The chlorides present in salt constitute the only readily available source of chlorides with which the body can manufacture hydrochloric acid, vital for proper digestion in the stomach. Thus, taking in a small amount of salt prior to the meal allows any deficiency of hydrochloric acid to be made up just before introducing new food. (Transmission after Chisthi)

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Yellow Bird Jinn

Talking to the Djinn

“Your sickness is from you, but you do not perceive it and your remedy is within you, but you do not sense it. You presume you are a small entity, but within you is enfolded the entire Universe. You are indeed the evident book, by whose alphabet the hidden becomes manifest. Therefore you have no need to look beyond yourself. What you seek is within you, if only you reflect.” ~ Ali ibn Talib (a.s)

“When the rationalist in you breaks down, the Jinn come in.” ~ Saying by a friend

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Golden Milk Islamic Ayuverdic Medicine

Golden Tumeric Milk for Sleep

“The soul should take care of the body, just as a pilgrim on his way to Mecca takes care of his camel.” ~ Al Gazali

Golden Tumeric Milk is a very simple and effective recipe against cramps, restlessness, back- and neck pains, migraines, stiffness and sleeplessness, flu symptoms of various kinds, skin problems, rheumatic arthritis, nervous conditions and liver diseases, but also against blunt trauma injuries resulting from accidents.

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The Atoms are Dancing, Roya Azal

Fatimah’s (a.s) Fireplace ~ Spiritual Transmission and the Art of Healing

“It is not my hand that is healing, but that of our Fatimah Ana.”~ Sufi Saying

The following is a little legend about the origins of the healer tradition of the people of the fireplace. The people of the fireplace are an Islamo-Shamanic healer tribe in Central Asia and Turkey. They center their healing rituals around fire, melting lead and using ash for healing. And around Fatimah Al-Zahra (a.s), the daughter of the prophet (a.s). The tradition of keeping a fireplace as the spiritual focus point is also observed by many Sufi orders.

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Healing with Islamic Meditation

Healing with Islamic Meditation (Muraqaba)

“Allah is the light (nur) of the heavens and earth.” ~ Holy Quran, Surat An-Nur

It is scientifically proven that meditation and prayer aid mental health and aid recovery from mental and bodily illness. In addition to various positive cognitive effects, such as raising awareness and attention, prayer and meditation have positive consequences for our emotional lives, with periods of practice resulting in ‘positive mood, emotional stability and resilience to stress and negative life events’. Many studies have demonstrated these effects using behavioural and social measures, and conclusions are reinforced by research using brain imaging techniques, which have shown that emotionally oriented meditation activates areas of the brain known to have important roles in emotion-related processing. (Source: Cognitive Neuroscience, Spirituality and Mysticism: Recent Developments, in: Psychosis and Spirituality, Ed. Isabel Clarke, Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)

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Bird Praising Allah

Leech Therapy (Taleeq): History and Overview

“The colour should be greenish (like duckweed), and there should be two longitudinal lines having the colour of orpiment and ruddy; they should be rounded and liver-coloured. One may accept leeches which look like little locusts, or like mousetails, with very small heads. But do not accept those with red bellies and green backs, especially if they were collected from running waters.” ~ Avicenna on Leeches, from “The Canon of Medicine”

Leeches have been used for therapeutic purposes for millennia.  The earliest traces of the use of leeches appear to date back to 1600-1300 BC to a Greek named Nicander of Colophon.  The medical use of leeches is discussed by Avicenna ( Ibn Sina in The Canon of Medicine (follow this link for the Online Edition of The Canon of Medicine and the section on leeches), as well as by Abd-el-latif al-Baghdadi in the 12th century.

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